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All Mine

Sometimes you’re just too close or you chop off some toes.  Before I delete any pic I try to look at it several times just in case I see something different.  Just a few nip and tucks.  Hope you like it.

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/3200s, f/5.6, ISO 200

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This one caught me off guard. I didn’t like what I seeing but after all it’s nature right?  I saw the male egret coming in low and fast. He pulled up and into the nest mounting the female almost before you could blink.  She started squawking loudly but wasn’t able to get up.  Her mate must have been close by as he flew in to make an attempt to rescue her.  He tried but it was difficult.  He jumped on top of the other male clawing at times.  I just wanted him to take his powerful beak and stab him in the back.  After a short period the intruder left.  A little while later another similar incident happen at another nest but this time with a different outcome.  Wondering if it was the same intruder because he got more of what he deserved.
Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/6400, ISO 200
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Early Mornings

Here are a couple of reasons I like early mornings.  Taken at Smith Oaks Rookery, High Island, Texas.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/4.0, 1/200, ISO 1250


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/8.0, 1/800, ISO 1000


Every Little Bit Helps

I don’t suppose it’s easy getting out there every day during nest building season and finding the best branches.  This Great White Egret may not have brought home the bacon but every little bit helps.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/3200’s, Ev -0.67, ISO 200


Balancing Act

Sometimes I just have to smile at them.  More often than not they tend to pick out some of the most flimsy branches to land on.  It makes for a good photo op as they constantly flap their wings trying to stay in one spot.  A real balancing act.

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/3200’s, f/7.1, ISO 200, manual exposure


Fading Light

Made a quick trip to High Island Smith Oaks Rookery last Thursday evening.  Just the way I like it with only a few people taking pictures.  With the sun fading behind the tree line most had already left for the day.  There was only one other photographer (Barbara) that was willing to wait it out and catch the last light.  It was pretty neat as the BIF’s activity picked up greatly.  They were coming from all directions to settle for the night.  I was never short of a subject and able to try many different camera settings.  Love to learn.

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/8000, f/4, ISO 1000, spot metering


Great Egret – One Small Step

Taken during nesting at High Island Rookery in Texas.  You can capture some good wing action during mating.  However, I’m always smiling on the dismounts.  At times he seems confused as he slowly tries to find good footing.  Or perhaps he is just tired and dizzy.  Either way I’m just waiting for one to fall off so to speak.

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/1600’s, Ev -1.33, ISO 320


Great Egret – Stand-Up

Taken earlier this year.  The Great Egret was shouting into a cool early morning sun rise as it made a soft landing.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/4.0, 1/800’s, ISO 1000


Egret – Wind Blown

Back in April this Great Egret was enduring a cold wind blown morning as it waited for it’s mate.  With todays heat I thought I would throw in a cool picture. 😉

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, Ev -1.33, ISO 320